Castonguay Presents Genealogy Workshop

August 14, 2020 at 3:15 AM

     Dick Castonguay presented a Polish genealogical workshop as part of the DuBois Area Historical Society's free genealogy dick_castonguay.jpegworkshop series. The program was held August 13 at Christ Lutheran Church, DuBois. This program was originally scheduled for April but was postponed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

     The venue was changed so social distancing could be practiced. Twenty-two people pre-registered to attend and wore masks during the presentation.

     Castonguay, the Society's director of buildings and grounds, presented genealogy techniques for researching relatives from the Galicia area of Poland. Galicia is the Polish partition of the Austria-Hungarian Empire that includes German, Russian, and Polish elements in southeast Poland. Castonguay helped tp decipher the language barriers inherent in reading documents like birth and baptismal certificates, marriage records, and more. He zeroed in on useful books, websites, maps, and gazetteers.

      The program is part of the Society's continuing effort by Barb Emmer, director of genealogy, to attempt to help those who are researching their family trees.

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